Nadimidoddi Adilakshmi learnt making paper mache products at BK Samudram and is now teaching the same trade in the same place
“My name is Nadimidoddi Adilakshmi. I am 29 years old. I was struck by polio when I was 8 months old. I joined school but other children made fun of me because I was physically disabled.
I was very depressed, became irregular, and eventually dropped out. My elder sisters got married and I was alone with my parents. My parents and I joined the Vikalangula Sangham of my village in 2003. In the Sangham, we learnt about savings, government resource mobilization and working on issues of people like me with disability. Then RDT started a paper mâché centre in BK Samudram. I joined it. Having missed proper education, I was determined to be a good craftsperson. I became so efficient, that I was appointed as instructor in 2013 in the same centre where I learnt my trade. My confidence went up. Twenty-six young women are training under me. Our products are sold in the international market. We feel so proud. The craft has made us self-reliant. Having seen my worth, one of my cousins proposed to me. I made it clear to him that I will continue to work in this centre even after marriage. He gladly accepted.”